New Zealand is facing a serious shortage of GPs, Newsroom reports. Many family doctors will be hitting retirement age over the next decade and we’re not training enough people to replace them. New Zealand’s ratio of 74 GPs for every 100,000 citizens is far below that of Australia and Canada. “We’ve been really dependent on graduates from overseas to prop up rural areas for a long time now, and we’ve gone for years not training enough GPs, let alone rural GPs,” says Dr Fiona Bolden.